Our Concern is "Jai-Alai" - As We Do It...... Posted on September 3, 2021 at 03:29:32 PM by Stu Neiman
We've never said anything about saving Jai-Alai as a "parimutuel." We're not abandoning parimutuel / quiniela play (as we are now legally entitled to do). Our concern is the sport and how it can be played successfully in the United States.
I personally believe it has very little to do with "Jai-Alai." One can easily argue that Jai-Alai has not so much decreased in popularity, but there is no-question that parimutuel wagering and attendance has. So is the sport supposed to die-off because people no longer to watch and wager on it? We think not.
I'm not sure that Jai-Alai was ever supposed to be played in a quiniela format. Wouldn't it be funny / ironic if history eventually shows that the multi-post quiniela format is what has been holding the sport back here in the U.S.? Now in terms of a gaming/ wagering format the quiniela style of play makes perfect sense. It was really quite brilliantly conceived by Richard Berenson and was fine-tuned in the middle of the last century. And it had a great run of success in terms of a business. But Jai-Alai as a parimutuel has not been truly profitable in nearly 25 years. What do slots & poker rooms have to do with Jai-Alai other than enabling a uniquely American form of Jai-Alai to take place?
So yes - Magic City will go to 3 performances a week and we will look to fine-tune our H2H offering and hopefully expand it and "Jai-Alai" in 2022. Replies: